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    Need VT skiing advice

    So I bought one of those Fox 44 cards at the beginning of the year and now I need to use it. Right now I have only used 1 day at Jay on it. I'll squeeze in a day at Cannon sometime next week, so I figure if I head to VT and hit 2 mountains this weekend I will be getting my moneys worth. Problem is that I have never skied the majority of these mountains. So I have no clue which ones to choose.

    I'm looking for advice for the best 2 of the list or the easiest combination of 2. Plan is to just grab a cheap hotel somewhere in between whatever mountains I decide to hit. They all seem to be somewhat comparable drives, so I'm up for whatever.

    Here are my options: Middlebury Snow Bowl, Burke, Bolton Valley, Mad River, Suicide Six, and Smuggs. I'm counting out Whiteface, Gore, Titus, and Owl's Head due to driving distance/border crossings/my experience at the NY mountains while in college.

    If anyone who is a VT regular has some advice on which are the best mountains, which might have the best conditions, which have cheap accommodations, etc. I would really appreciate your help. Really any general advice on these mountains, lodging ideas, and things to do in the area are all appreciated.

    Thanks


  2. #2
    I'm not sure when you are going, but this time of year snow retention is going to matter. Suicide Six is closed, if SnowCountry is to be believed.

    I would probably go for Smuggs and Bolton Valley.

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    Closest options for a quick 2 day trip would be Middlebury paired with MRG I think.
    Stay at the HydeaWay...nice bar/food and they have some cheap midweek rooms.
    Catsup948 and I hit up BV/MRG/Middlebury a couple wknds ago and bunked at the Hydeaway.
    Middlebury closes up shop this Sunday so get there quick. BV is also good---Smuggs is the best mtn on the card IMHO.
    S6 is closed for the season. Buke+Cannon would be another combo to avoid long drives between the 2. Stay at Comfort Inn in St J in between.

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    It sounds as though you may ski this weekend, and then not use the card after that...? If so, make a point of getting to Smuggs. I'm not sure how the ungroomed and off trail stuff will be. MRG is also great, but you really want the woods/ungroomed there. It still might be worth getting there if your season is done after this.

    Can you put it off for a weekend?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Savemeasammy View Post
    It sounds as though you may ski this weekend, and then not use the card after that...? If so, make a point of getting to Smuggs. I'm not sure how the ungroomed and off trail stuff will be. MRG is also great, but you really want the woods/ungroomed there. It still might be worth getting there if your season is done after this.

    Can you put it off for a weekend?
    The way I see it, I basically have this weekend and next weekend to get some use out of this thing before a lot of places start to shut down. I'm heading to Sugarloaf for Reggae the weekend of 4/11-4/12, so I figure after that it will be slim pickings for open mountains. I also have a Ragged voucher to use up which will either be a sick day or one of these next 2 weekends paired with Cannon.

    Mad River is the only one of these VT mountains that I have ever skied and frankly with the rain forcasted for tomorrow, I'm afraid things might be a little thin there. Could always break out the old beater skis though I suppose.

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    Weekend 1: Ragged and Cannon
    Weekend 2: Bolton and Smuggs

  7. #7
    BV & Smuggs

    Best Western in Waterbury
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  8. #8
    Quote Originally Posted by ThinkSnow View Post
    BV & Smuggs

    Best Western in Waterbury
    Good choice, but I'd lodge in Williston at the Residence inn or Fairfield. Easier commute to Smuggs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mccleaks View Post
    The way I see it, I basically have this weekend and next weekend to get some use out of this thing before a lot of places start to shut down.
    Gotcha. In that case, I would roll the dice and hope for good weather on Easter weekend and hit Smuggs/MRG then. Maybe use ragged this weekend? Hopefully things work out however you decide to go about it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by deadheadskier View Post
    Good choice, but I'd lodge in Williston at the Residence inn or Fairfield. Easier commute to Smuggs.
    I like the sound of this. I have enough Marriott rewards points to stay there for free.

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